About Strada

Strada means “street” in Italian. Streets matter to us. They’re the fundamental infrastructure of our cities and the core of our civic lives. They’re the connections between buildings, people, and public spaces. This is why we’re so inspired by them and it’s a shared commitment to these values that brought our principals together. Just as people mingle on city streets, our office is a place where we freely exchange ideas, challenging and inspiring one another to create exceptional work.

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6 Signs Your Office Needs a Refresh

10.2017

When was the last time you refreshed your office, academic, or social space? If the answer is 10 years or more, it’s definitely time to consider making updates. Maintaining a workplace that is relevant and performative is critical to keeping a sharp competitive edge. It also helps recruit and retain the best talent while improving ...

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Welcome to Pittsburgh, SCUP-49!

07.2014Firm news
By admin@stradallc

We are delighted to welcome fellow SCUPers to Pittsburgh for the 49th annual international conference, “Plan for Transformation,” on July 12-16. Established in 1965, the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) is a dynamic community of leaders in the field of higher education who direct academic, strategic and campus planning efforts. Many of Strada’s ...
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Three visits to the High Line

07.2014Design, Places
By Purva Chawla

A few weeks ago I found myself making my third visit to the High Line in New York. My first visit, in 2011, was to an urban spectacle—an elevated park, still a new species, where curious tourists and city dwellers were moving tentatively along the edges. Under the banner of an educational field trip, my ...
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Drawing in the Future of Computer-Aided Design

06.2014Design
By Mark Hensler

Did you know the first CAD software was created in the 1960s? It was called “sketchpad” and users actually drew on the computer screen! CAD software has advanced over the last 50 years and barely resembles the process it was initially designed to aid—drafting. Even CAD is now becoming obsolete and being replaced by BIM, ...
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Notes from John’s visit to New York City

06.2014Firm news, Places
By John Martine, AIA

Last month I was in New York attending two back-to-back AIA Knowledge Committee study seminars. The first was a one-day whirlwind examination of the revitalization of the 42nd Street/Broadway area, organized by Strada partner Ed Shriver, founder of the AIA Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Committee. Lectures were held in the New Amsterdam Theater in what ...
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First glimpses of Pittsburgh’s Bakery Living

06.2014Building, Design, Firm news, Places
By Street Talk Editor

Sixteen months after a chilly groundbreaking in February 2013, a new type of apartment building for Pittsburgh is nearing completion in the East End. As construction crews finalize their work on Bakery Living, at least 50% of the 175 apartments are already occupied and residents continue to arrive. Their new digs feature a unique set ...
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Congress for New Urbanism awards ongoing success of Market Square Place

06.2014Building, Firm news, Places
By Administrator

The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) honored the Market Square Place project with a Charter Award of Merit for the Best Block as part of its 2014 Global Awards Program for Excellence in Urban Design. Designed by Strada and developed by Millcraft Investments, Market Square Place exemplifies the tenets of smart urban development. By joining ...
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CSI/Building Enclosure Council Seminar Day

05.2014Building, Design, Firm news, Ideas
By Joshua T Lessard, Assoc. AIA, CSI

This past week, Strada Principal Chris Kenney set Philadelphia’s Center for Architecture buzzing with industry experts engaging in a dialogue on Net-Zero and Net-Positive design. The annual CSI/Building Enclosure Council Seminar Day brings together representatives from viewpoints and professions as wide and varied as architects, engineers, scientists, manufacturers, and politicians to discuss many of the ...
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Bringing bold shapes to life through fashion

05.2014Design, Ideas
By Monika Gibson

Monika Gibson and Leah Patgorski decided last winter to work together on a collection for Carnegie Mellon University’s Spirit Fashion Show. Monika’s work had been selected for the event in previous years, and though Leah had not done a fashion show before, she was interested in applying her perspective as an artist to wearable clothing. ...
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Sorting patterns of activity in New York City’s Theater District

05.2014Firm news, Ideas, Places
By Edward A. Shriver, FAIA

Principal Ed Shriver has been researching, writing, and speaking for years about how people and commerce interact in urban environments. On Thursday at the AIA’s Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community Conference, he will present New York City’s 42nd Street as a test case. Ed will explain patterns in the urban ecosystem of the Theater District ...
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The lowly metal lid

05.2014Design, Ideas, Places
By Ray McCaughey, RA

Designers of all stripes take mental pictures all the time. They build mental catalogs of elements of the world that many take for granted, or never notice at all. Designers like details that inspire them, or things that they note are beautiful, because adding those touches to an environment pays the design-karma forward. Today’s example ...
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